There are five crisis shelters in Delaware that serve victims/survivors of domestic violence. Shelters provide people with physical safety and a connection to supportive resources.
The shelters are in confidential locations throughout the state and look like typical family homes. There are bedrooms, bathrooms, large kitchens, laundry rooms, playrooms, and quiet spaces.
Trained staff are on site in the shelters 24/7 to support the people staying there. The staff can help with safety planning, goal setting and counseling/support groups. They can also connect people to resources for employment, housing, legal assistance, or other social services.
There are two shelters in New Castle County, operated by CHILD, Inc.
People's Place operates three shelters across Kent and Sussex Counties. One of these shelters is Abriendo Puertas, an emergency shelter specifically for Latina women and their children.
All services are free of charge and can be accessed by calling the DV hotline.
Other Housing Options
Going to a shelter or leaving home may not be the best or safest option for many people.